Freestyling Friday: Talking Tax with John Falcon : Episode 006

Talking Tax with John Falcon

Freestyling Friday: Talking Tax with John Falcon

As the saying goes ‘tax doesn’t have to be taxing, and after a conversation with John it really isn’t.

It’s quite a challenge describing what we do to anyone in a professional arena. In a pull-down menu where you have to describe your job interior stylists soon become interior decorators and writers become journalists – neither of which is right. But when it comes to talking tax we know John Falcon from JF Financial really ‘gets’ us – probably because he’s my brother in law and has been around since before I became an interior stylist.

In today’s episode, you can hear a Facebook Live that I recorded a year ago where John answers questions that were submited by interior stylists, writers and assistants. There’s lots of talk about limited companies,  tax for the self-employed, expenses and lots, lots more. There’s bound to be something to help you with your next tax return – which can be filed from next week!

Today’s guest 

You can find John Falcon Director of JF Financial here :


Book: Tax guide E-book


A few things we covered in this episode :


  • This article discusses electronic receipt filing:
  • My Wilko concertina file for receipts
  • Tiny Scanner – The app I use to scan receipts and send them as a PDF 
  •  Paying tax when working abroad(7.10 min)
  • What items/bills you can claim tax against – household, lunch (10.10 min)
  • Working from home – what you can claim for (12.50 min)
  • This article deals with many of the typical expenses –  home office costs, mobile phone, travel, car costs, subsistence, entertaining & training so covers off a few:
  • Claiming for your car (17.10 min)
  • Claiming for travel costs (20.50 min)
  • Office furniture and office equipment (22min)
  • Test shoot props (23.30 min)
  • Purchases made from abroad (24min)
  • Declaring your first self-assessment tax form (26min)
  • Paying for things with cash (28 min)
  • Paypal income (29min)

Business bank account



Paying on account

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